1. This was timely work from Hardwood Paroxysm. I bought a pack of basketball cards just this past weekend.

"One of my favorite activities growing up was going to the local card shop* with my two older cousins and buying a pack or two of the newest basketball cards. Upper Deck, Fleer, NBA Hoops – it didn’t matter. We wanted them all, and every time we opened a pack, we felt a ripple of excitement.

So many questions and so much anticipation coursed through me when I was in that card shop. Which card am I going to get? Will there be any special edition cards? Will my cards be better than my cousins’? Will this time finally be the time I get the MJ?”

    This was timely work from Hardwood Paroxysm. I bought a pack of basketball cards just this past weekend.

    "One of my favorite activities growing up was going to the local card shop* with my two older cousins and buying a pack or two of the newest basketball cards. Upper Deck, Fleer, NBA Hoops – it didn’t matter. We wanted them all, and every time we opened a pack, we felt a ripple of excitement.

    So many questions and so much anticipation coursed through me when I was in that card shop. Which card am I going to get? Will there be any special edition cards? Will my cards be better than my cousins’? Will this time finally be the time I get the MJ?”

  2. "@wzzntzz: #TBT 1984 when Bullets was flush with follicles, floating cranial desire, and congealed stardust. http://t.co/vT723msUqe”

    "@wzzntzz: #TBT 1984 when Bullets was flush with follicles, floating cranial desire, and congealed stardust. http://t.co/vT723msUqe

  3. "@MonumentalNtwrk: Stay tuned for the behind-the-scenes story of @PTI #CelebrityStatBoy Gheorghe Muresan! http://t.co/FpFZFQHMA8”

    "@MonumentalNtwrk: Stay tuned for the behind-the-scenes story of @PTI #CelebrityStatBoy Gheorghe Muresan! http://t.co/FpFZFQHMA8

  4. "@cavs: .@dallasmavs Not bad, but when the enemy is weak against a fiery opponent, you really need Charmanderson! #NBAPokemon http://t.co/5iZX5uZVKi”

    "@cavs: .@dallasmavs Not bad, but when the enemy is weak against a fiery opponent, you really need Charmanderson! #NBAPokemon http://t.co/5iZX5uZVKi

  5. CDR is going to bring back short shorts.

    CDR is going to bring back short shorts.

  6. How the SEC wrecks its own basketball product.

    @GaryParrishCBS dug up a stupid rule that’s hurting SEC basketball recruiting:

    "It has, on some level, created an uneven playing field.

    "Jae Crowder is a perfect example," said Georgia coach Mark Fox. "He’s a Georgia kid. So I get the job [at Georgia in April 2009], and he’s at Howard JUCO [in Texas], and I’ve got a good contact over there. But he wasn’t eligible for us to recruit."

    That’s because Crowder started his career at South Georgia Technical College, which is also a JUCO. He then transferred to Howard County Junior College for his sophomore year and thus became ineligible for SEC programs because — Did you even realize this? — the SEC does not allow its member institutions to sign and enroll prospects who do not spend at least three semesters at the junior college from which they graduated.

    Every other power-conference does.

    But the SEC, for whatever reason, does not.”

  7. Baller @stackmack checked in on Ekpe Udoh’s book club.

"TO: A lot of fans have this perception that NBA players roll out of bed in the afternoon, head to the arena to play a game and then go home. On one hand, you have long days of practice and therapy and games, but on the other, there’s a lot of downtime when traveling. What do you do with your time?

EU: A lot of reading. We have time—we practice from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and then you have the rest of the day to read. During the season this year I didn’t really watch TV until late at night. I’d be on my computer reading articles and reading a book for the book club. You have time on the airplane, on the road when you’re not with your teammates.”

    Baller @stackmack checked in on Ekpe Udoh’s book club.

    "TO: A lot of fans have this perception that NBA players roll out of bed in the afternoon, head to the arena to play a game and then go home. On one hand, you have long days of practice and therapy and games, but on the other, there’s a lot of downtime when traveling. What do you do with your time?

    EU: A lot of reading. We have time—we practice from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and then you have the rest of the day to read. During the season this year I didn’t really watch TV until late at night. I’d be on my computer reading articles and reading a book for the book club. You have time on the airplane, on the road when you’re not with your teammates.”

  8. "While most ballers might be wishing they could get the latest LeBron kicks, you know you’ve been looking at the Nike N7 website like, “I’m gonna get me some of those!” But seriously, if you looked at those N7’s with a wishful eye, you are a kickin’ rezballer!"

Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/07/17/10-ways-tell-you-might-be-rezballer-155868?page=0%2C0

    "While most ballers might be wishing they could get the latest LeBron kicks, you know you’ve been looking at the Nike N7 website like, “I’m gonna get me some of those!” But seriously, if you looked at those N7’s with a wishful eye, you are a kickin’ rezballer!"

    Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/07/17/10-ways-tell-you-might-be-rezballer-155868?page=0%2C0

  9. Dirk’s shirt has arrived.

    Dirk’s shirt has arrived.

  10. Bob Knight crashed his car into a cow

    "CODY, Wyo. (AP) — Retired college basketball coach Bob Knight escaped injury when his vehicle struck a cow on a dark northern Wyoming highway.

    The Wyoming Highway Patrol says the accident occurred about 8:45 p.m. on Aug. 22 on a remote section of state road known as the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway.

    Trooper Brad McConnell says the impact caused the air bag on the 2012 Ford Expedition to deploy and severely damaged the front end. The vehicle was totaled.

    Knight told McConnell that he never saw the cow, which was among several that wandered onto the roadway in an open range area.

    Knight was traveling alone after a fishing trip in the Thermopolis area of central Wyoming.”